§ Mr. Hilary Benn
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will place in the Library 509W a copy of the contract between Islington Local Education Authority and Cambridge Education Associates for the provision of education services. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
The final contract between Islington Local Education Authority and Cambridge Education Associates is commercial in confidence. However, I have already placed in the Library the "Invitation to Negotiate" that was issued to selected bidders in August. This includes a draft contract, proposed performance standards and their link to the payment mechanism and a description of the services to be outsourced.
School name LEA Pupil numbers January 1998 Pupil numbers January 1999 Blakelaw/Firfield Newcastle upon Tyne 361 404 Earl Marshall/Firvale Sheffield 403 439 Regis School/The King's School Wolverhampton 626 631
Information on the number of applications for each school is not collected centrally.